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Producer: Berton VineyardGrape Varieties: 90.1% Chardonnay, 9.9% SemillonOptimum Drinking: Within 2 yearsWine Style: An unoaked Chardonnay with melon flavours of the grape varietyAlcohol by Volume: 14.2%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Australia
Established by Bob & Cherie Berton in May 1996 with 75 acres. The heart of Berton Vineyards is their own personal plot in a sub-region of Eden Valley in South Australia. This idyllic property sits at 450m above sea level on gently rolling hills - except for the Chardonnay block which is anything but gentle!!The first vines were planted in that spring - ten acres of Shiraz and seven acres of Chardonnay - but without any permanent water. It was not until 1998, after the new dam was filled, that the vines finally had a decent drink!!!With all this, the vines struggled through their impressionable years. Lots of love and attention, but the lack of water really retarded their growth, so much so that a Swedish friend jokingly told them that they had planted a bonsai vineyard....the name stuck and later became the name of their premium Shiraz. With the good rainfall in High Eden, the vines are in great condition these days, but they still remember the early days every time they open a bottle of the Bonsai.After the dam was full they were able to follow on and plant Cabernet Sauvignon and lastly some Sauvignon Blanc. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are now growing happily amongst big white rocks on ancient podsolic soils - which really makes driving trellis posts interesting, but that's another story!!!!
Grapes: 90.1% Chardonnay, 9.9% Semillon
Region: Riverina, South Eastern Australia
Vinification: The Chardonnay grapes were cool night harvested at 12.5 baume. This was done to preserve as much of the varietal flavour and freshness as possible. We processed the grapes quickly under these conditions to retain these fresh varietal characters. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, pressed and cold settled, before being racked off the lees and inoculated with specially selected yeast strains. The fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks and kept at a constant cool temperature of 13 degrees. After fermentation the wine was then immediately racked off the yeast lees and filtered, stored in stainless steel tanks ready for blending. This wine has had no oak treatment and was bottled under screw cap closure retaining freshness and the true varietal character of the chardonnay grapes grown in the Riverina district of NSW. Alc 14.2% and 5g/l
Serve: Enjoy with grilled fish, light chicken salad or just as an aperitif... also great with vegetable sticks!.Tasting Notes: This unoaked Chardonnay offers lime, melon and lifted green apple aromas which give way to a clean, crisp palate with flavours of lime softened by honey dew melon which continues to a long and zesty finish.
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